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Victor  Peppard

Victor Peppard

Victor Peppard


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Victor Peppard grew up in New England (Western Mass) and attended Brown University, where he received a BA in History in 1966 and an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1968. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic, with a specialization in Russian language and literature, from the University of Michigan in 1974. Professor Peppard's first academic position was with the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he taught Russian in the academic years of 1973 and 1974. He has been at USF since 1975 and was Chair of World Languages from 2000 to 2011.

Peppard's main scholarly interests have been in Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Russian and Soviet sport, and recently comparative Russian and American literature. He has published articles on such writers as Mark Aldanov, Isaak Babel’, Gogol', Dostoevsky, Norman Mailer, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Olesha, and Vladimir Voinovich. His principal publications include The Poetics of Yury Olesha, 1989 and Playing Politics: Soviet Sport Diplomacy to 1992, (with James Riordan) in 1993. Peppard is currently working on a comparison of Mailer and Nabokov, Russian writers' organizations in Petrograd and Berlin in the early 1920s, and Mailer’s short fiction. He has also published several short stories, including "Babel's Brighton Beach" in Northeast Corridor in 2000 and "The Boy Scout Jamboree" in The Mailer Review in 2014.